Loudoun Valley High School French teacher Heidi Trude has been awarded the 2019 Excellence in Language Teaching Award by Education First. Trude represented the U.S. at the 2019 EF Global Education Summit in Tarrytown, New York, last month.
Trude and 12 other teachers were chosen for the honor, for which there were more than 900 applicants from 83 countries. The Excellence in Language Teaching Award recognizes exceptional language teachers worldwide and is focused on the theme of "Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding through Language Learning."
“The selection of these 13 outstanding teachers is a testament to their teaching excellence, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate their achievements," EF Executive Director of Academic Affairs Minh Tran said in a prepared statement. "They inspire us with their passion, dedication, and skills, and we look to them to elevate the language education practices in their respective countries."
At the summit, which took place from Aug. 23 to 26, Trude and other honorees exchanged best practices and learned from prominent experts in the field of language education. They engaged in an interactive program of teacher presentations and round-table sessions that catalyzed discussion of various aspects of language teaching excellence.